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January 9, 2009

The Review of Litigation symposium: “The Rise of Appellate Litigators and State Solicitors General,” January 22–23, 2009

The Review of Litigation’s 2009 symposium, “The Rise of Appellate Litigators and State Solicitors General,” will be held January 22–23, 2009 in the Eidman Courtroom at the Law School. The symposium will explore the creation of state solicitor general and state appellate chief positions, in recognition of the tenth anniversary of the creation of the Office of Texas Solicitor General.

“We thought this would be a good topic for the journal because it has a broader reach than our past symposiums and it gave us the opportunity to explore a legal topic that hasn’t been written on extensively,” editor in chief Kimberly Hicks said.

Practicing judges, state solicitors general, litigators, and clients have been invited to the symposium to discuss changes in the field of appellate litigation. The first day of the symposium will focus on private appellate litigators. Scheduled panel topics include “The Rise of the Appellate Litigator” and “Appellate Litigation from the Client’s Perspective.” The second day of the symposium will focus on state solicitors general and is scheduled to include panel discussions on “State Solicitors General and the United States: A View from Washington,” “Representing the States in the United States Supreme Court,” and “The Impact of State Solicitors General on Appellate Litigation: A View from the Bench.”

“We are really excited about the wide-ranging backgrounds of our panelists,” Hicks said. “They are judges, solicitors general, clients, and litigators. We are especially excited about the panel entitled ‘Representing the States in the U.S. Supreme Court: Stories from the Battlefield,’ as all of the panelists have recently argued before the Supreme Court.” Hicks said one panelist, Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister, is scheduled to argue before the Supreme Court on January 21 in Kansas v. Ventris, regarding whether prosecutors may use a defendant's statement made in the absence of a knowing and voluntary waiver of the right to counsel to impeach a witness.

R. Ted Cruz of Morgan Lewis & Bockius will deliver the address at the keynote dinner January 22. Cruz, the solicitor general of Texas from 2003 to 2008, has also served as the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an associate deputy attorney general at the United States Department of Justice, and has written more than seventy U.S. Supreme Court briefs and presented thirty-one oral arguments, including eight in the U.S. Supreme Court.

A complete schedule of events, list of invited speakers, and registration information are available at

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